1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
I volunteered as a hostess at Värdsmötet 2011 in Örebro. I went to Asia. I started working as a coatroom attendant at work. I ran Blodomloppet.
I also finally settled for a concept for my book. It’s in its chaotic stage right now, but I might be able to turn it around by this time next year.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Did I? Did I? Did I?! (Yeah, I know it‘s in Swedish, but the answer is NO.) Sure, I visited two countries and read more than twelve books, among other things, but still. NO.
Next year, I plan to save money and do nothing but work hard. I’m planning to become a union representative, donate money to the Alzheimer foundation and pamper my mom. Shouldn’t be too hard.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I remember. Considering there’s only two people left who I care whether they live or die, #4 is going to be untouched for quite some time now (knock on wood).
5. What countries did you visit?
Thailand and USA.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Peace of fucking mind. Basically, I don’t want to care about anything from here on out.
I think my life would benefit from anger management classes.
To its credit, there WAS a minimum amount of drama this year. Thanks, 2011.
7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
5-8 September, Värdsmötet in Örebro.
My night at the five star hotel in Bangkok. It was heightened by the fact that I had spent a miserable week in the Thai outback right before. Worst week of my life, followed by most awesome night of the year.
Snowboarding with Yuphin and having her fall on me was quite memorable, yes.
The awesome Dinosaur party on John’s birthday, the night out with Fredrik and Matilda this summer, the Christmas party at John’s school, planning and doing the team activity with my department at work, going to Cosmonova with my mom etc.
11 March: The tsunami in Japan.
22 July: The shootings at Utøya.
7 September: Stefan Liv dies in a plane crash. Sven Tumba also died around this time.
The Khadaffi hoopla.
Tomas Tranströmer received the Nobel Prize in literature.
Betty Ford, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor died. So did Usama Bin Laden, Kim Jong-Il and Muammar Khaddafi. Bad year for psychotic dictators.
All the weird weather disasters. Take care of our planet, people!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I managed to work full time, study full time and work part-time - at the same time. And I got good grades and earned tons of money. Boo-yah.
9. What was your biggest failure?
My inability to deal with other people’s incompetence. I’m working on it.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
As mentioned, Yuphin fell on me when we were snowboarding in February, spraining my hand. That, and my sunburned nose (sounds lame, but the damn scar is still noticeable).
11. What was the best thing you bought?
What did I buy that wasn’t food…?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My own. I did not kill anyone this year and I intend not to do it next year either.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Most of the people in my life. What was up with you guys this year?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off my debts. I am now debt free! Wee.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Värdsmötet. Most job related events.
Christmas in New York.
Right now I’m excited about going to Vegas with Kristine.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Something To Die For - The Sounds
Bossa Nova - Elvis Presley
Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
Jai Ho! - The Pussycat Dolls
Jack Sparrow - The Lonely Island
Raise Your Glass - P!nk
Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue
In the Club - Danny
Baksmälla - Petter & September
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
Music Everywhere - Anna Abreu
Songs by Katy Perry/Ke$ha/Agnes/September/Lady Gaga/Rihanna/Adele which all basically sound the same and I can’t keep them apart.
I also listened to Amphetamine an amazingly 154 times without trying to.
Don’t Stop Believing gets an honorary mention this year as well.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. Christmas sucked last year, and I just had a fabulous Christmas Day in New York. Suck it, 2010.
ii. thinner or fatter? I weigh the same. I don’t know. Probably fatter. At least I will be when I get back from my vacation.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I did nothing of anything. That’s the perfect amount.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Caring about things that don’t affect me.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I’m at nygoldfish54‘s house right now, and Christmas is pretty damn good, thank you for asking.
22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Not at all. It’s partly that I don’t have time, and also that I really don’t care.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
How I Met Your Mother
The West Wing
All the new stuff I thought was funny got cancelled.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Probably. I hate a lot of people at this point.
26. What was the best book you read?
I read SO many books this year, compared to my usual lame amount. Like, at least thirty.
The best one was The Hunger Games. I lent my copy to friends and their boyfriends, and people I barely know. I’m also trying to keep their interest alive for the movie.
And Jurassic Park, of course!! Read it! It features dinosaurs! And it is awesome!!
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
I really, really wanted to be a hostess at Värdsmötet.
I wanted to pass the monster exam that was my linguistics survey course. I even learned stuff this time around.
I wanted to go to New York.
29. What did you want and not get?
An apartment. The only time I was really depressed this year (apart from hell week in Thailand) was that week in the summer when I was told point blank that I would never be able to buy an apartment unless I save up 1000% more of what I have now. No lie.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Bridesmaids was pretty good. I laughed and Rose Byrne was in it. Win.
Harry Potter and the blah blah blah part 2! It was one of the few movies I saw in the theater (I went with Karin and John) and sniffled and cried and it was so sad!
I also saw Rango and Sucker Punch, and those were the only new movies I saw all year.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
You will absolutely die at this answer: I did NOT spend it at work this year!
I spent it in CLASS. And nobody but Jennie and Kristine remembered it. I hate everyone else.
32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
That I could fight back when people at work are being asshats.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Tight. Most of my clothes became too small.
34. What kept you sane?
I don’t know about sane, but what kept me quiet and under control was knowing how much I love my job, my co-workers and that I need money to buy my apartment.
What kept me the most sane was probably sleep.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tina Fey, Rose Byrne (again) and Lea Michele. Like, a lot.
I was obsessed with a boy celebrity for a week or two, but right now I can’t remember his name.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don’t remember any political issues. I got more aware of gender roles and feminism. I don’t remember why, though. I wish I hadn’t, because it’s ruining my life and making me extra cranky, seeing as misogyny and stereotypes are EVERYWHERE.
37. Who did you miss?
I keep going on long vacations and having to leave my guinea-pigs behind at home. It’s at the point where I don’t even want to go anywhere because I’ll miss them too much. We’re thinking about therapy sessions to cure this.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a ton of people. Alexandra, from school. Veronica and Sandra, at work. Robin and Emilie, at Värdsmötet.
I also rekindled my friendship with Jenny. Awesome.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
If you want something done, do it yourself. If you expect credit for the things you do, speak up.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Searching for another reason to stay,
Slowly my regrets are fading away."